Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Spotlight: Watching Grandma Circle the Drain

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About The Book

In his latest tour de force, Allen Smith takes on the challenges of life from his own gritty perspective. Everything from surviving on-line dating to enduring his first sigmoidoscopy and advancing age. Watching Grandma Circle the Drain is a collection of Smith's most entertaining work from his previously published columns. In addition to his own experience with struggling to learn Spanish and annihilating the game of golf, he gives the reader an inside look at some of the things they've never wondered about, like managing persistent telemarketers, what it's like to qualify as a sperm donor and some of the most unusual ways to make a living without a college degree. In part two, Smith takes aim at news stories by attacking issues like home schooling, women competing in the Tour de France, dozing air traffic controllers and the first person to marry (and divorce) himself. Watching Grandma Circle the Drain is a bite-sized, entertaining look at the way we complicate our lives. Once you read it, you'll never look at life the same way again.


Laughter is infectious. After reading Watching Grandma Circle the Drain by Allen Smith readers will definitely be full of laughter. This collection of short stories will place readers in the front seat of a comedy show with full excess.
The first section of stories are about dating and becoming an adult. The second section of stories, which are in news format tell about different topics of everyday interests. My favorite story is “Television Shows that Didn’t Make the Fall Lineup,” which gives descriptions of different shows that networks will not be using for their fall lineup. The descriptions are full of unbelievable humor and would actually make good shows.
Watching Grandma Circle the Drain is an entertaining book about everyday thoughts and life told in the point of view of a comedian. It is funny, full of energy, and will have readers laughing to the point of tears. I enjoyed this book but I am unclear why the author chose this title. I do recommend it to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
4.5 Stars

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